Born: November 30, 1834 Died: February 2, 1919
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Place: Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas
Charles was a member of a Union unit well known to the guerrilla ranks of northwestern Missouri...the 2nd Colorado Cavalry. More pinpoint...Company C.
Stationed: Camp Smith near Dresden, Missouri, Pleasant Hill, MO., Harrisonville, MO., Independence, MO., Newtonia, Mo.,
It was his company that was involved in the famed "Grinter Farm" fight, a few miles south of Independence, Missouri on July 6, 1864. Numbers range from 23 to 26 men of Co. C, under the command of Seymour Waggoner, were ambushed by a waiting George Todd and around one hundred of Quantrill's men. Killed in the ambush were Waggoner, Theo. Lamminger, Eli Baer, Andrew Eaves, Michael Gunn, Robert Stackhouse, Owen McFadden, Henry Watson and an unidentified member (whose name on his stone is all but crumbled away). Here is what the O.R. report looked like: "July 6 - 26 men, under command of Capt. Seymour Wagoner, had an engagement with bushwhackers eight miles south of Independence, Missouri on Independence and Pleasant Hill road. Lost Captain, corporal, six privates killed and one private wounded."
Company C soon recovered the bodies, minus Lamminger who would die from injuries two days later, and buried them at Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence.
A financial collection among the 2nd Colorado soldiers would be hastily collected and put towards the monument above so that the fallen men would be honored and marked. A newspaper story from the Examiner newspaper tells the monument story quite well: http://www.examiner.net/article/20131104/NEWS/131109546/10083/NEWS
But 2nd Colorado, Company C wouldn't grieve for long as they found themselves smack in the fallout of yet another well known and documented fight...the July 13, 1864 battle at Camden Point, Missouri. Though not directly in that fight itself, Co. C found themselves face to face at the battle of Fredericksburg, Missouri on July 17 with some"headline" participants, namely John Thrailkill, John Calhoun "Coon" Thornton, Fletch Taylor and Jesse & Frank James!! The O.R. report reads like this regarding the Camden Point area..."July 13 - Crossed the Missouri river. Had an engagement with Coon Thornton band and followed them. July 17 - Had an engagement - one sergeant killed, continued scouting." The sergeant referred to is Co. C's Truman Greenslit.
The great mystery is this...was Charles Robinson one of Waggoner's men that escaped harm at the Grinter fight?? Was Charles a member of the squad that fought at Fredericksburg?? We may never know the answer. But these things ARE for sure...we can't say he wasn't either, Charles DID see Quantrill's guerrillas at points and lost many members of his company and the monument above is a small reminder of his presence in Independence! It is a guaranteed bet that he had many, many stories to tell about the blood and guns that ruled the Kansas-Missouri border in late 1863 - 1864!